Projecting which party is going to win a competitive seat in November can be challenging — except when one party doesn’t even have a candidate.
Two Republicans finished first and second in the primary in California’s 25th District, guaranteeing that the seat will remain in GOP hands for another two years. The seat is open because of Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s decision not to run for re-election. On Tuesday, former state senator Tony Strickland finished first with 29 percent, followed by state Sen. Steve Knight at 28 percent, in the all-party primary. Podiatrist Lee Rogers, the Democrat who lost to McKeon in 2012, finished third with 22 percent. Democrat Ivan Thomas received 10 percent and two other Republicans combined for 7 percent.